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To become an MHHS volunteer:

Please complete our online Volunteer Application prior to signing up for a training or information session.

Please take a moment to review our volunteer opportunities listed on the Volunteer Positions page, then select the option below that best matches your goals for volunteering with MHHS.
  • For those looking to complete court-ordered or school-required community service, please complete our Community Service Application Community service volunteers may assist with our Empties for Animals program.

  • If you are interested in volunteering with MHHS but not sure which position best suits you, please click here for information on available opportunities.

  • You've read our Cat Care Volunteer position description and age requirements and want to start working with our adoptable cats? Fantastic! Please click here to sign up for our next available cat care training session.

  • More of a dog person? After reviewing our Dog Care Volunteer position description and age requirements, please click here to sign up for our next available dog care training session.

  • Too young to volunteer? Find out how you can still help the shelter animals by visiting our Ways Kids Can Help page.

  • Thinking about fostering? Please visit our foster page for more information.

Group Volunteer Projects

Empties for Animals

MHHS invites groups and organizations to volunteer with us on an ongoing fundraising project to help the homeless animals of the Capital Region. You can hold a bottle drive and deliver the cans and bottles to us. You can also volunteer at the shelter outside on our grounds to help sort donated recyclable bottles and cans. You and your group can even collect cans and bottles then do the sorting. This is a great team-building opportunity, as well as a way to support a nonprofit organization in your neighborhood.

Letters and Mailings

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to address and stuff envelopes for mass mailings.

Special Projects

If your group is from a specialized business or your group members have a particular talent (like carpentry, for example), please contact the to discuss possible ways to work on a project for the Society.